Multiple lipomas, as the name implies, is merely the term used to describe the existence of several to many lipoma lumps in a patient. In many instances, a hereditary link is discovered, and typically proves to be not a threat to life. They most frequently appear in middle aged men, but rarely, children and the elderly may be affected.
Each lump in a case of multiple lipomas is usually approximately 1 centimetre across, developing just below the surface of the skin, so they are easily diagnosed during an examination. Normally painless, they will either remain the same size or grow extremely slowly.
Treatment is not usually required, but surgical removal may be requested or recommended to check if the lumps are benign, for personal cosmetic reasons, and importantly, if other symptoms arise. These may include infection, pain, recurring inflammation, an increase in size or restricted movement.
Surgical removal of multiple lipomas may need several procedures, especially if there are many growths or they develop deeper than just beneath the skin surface. Some patients frequently find that once multiple lipomas have been removed, regrowth occurs in the same areas.